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Famous Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan has worked in more than 80 films in the last three decades. Farah, who has won 6 Filmfare and one National Award, also directed 4 films in her career. Three of these films were hits.
Farah’s family has also been associated with the film industry. Even though her father Kamran Khan was an actor, producer and director, Farah’s childhood was spent in poverty.
Farah talked about this in a recent interview. He told that at the time of his death his father had only Rs 30 in his pocket. He also said that he and his brother Sajid Khan had to struggle to arrange their father’s funeral.
Farah with mother, father and brother in childhood picture.
Father gambled the night before his death
Farah said, ‘He had played cards (gambling) the night before and had only Rs 30 in his pocket. Sajid had also recently told in Bigg Boss how he and I had collected money for his father’s funeral.
Gramophone had to be sold along with the goods.
In the conversation, Farah said that earlier she used to buy a record every day to play it on her gramophone and dance. However, gradually he saw a decline in his family’s financial condition. There came a time when he had to sell his gramophone along with his household goods.
Farah started earning money to manage the household at a young age.
There was no money to repair even the lock.
Farah further said, ‘There was a time when we did not even have the money to repair the lock on the door outside the house. Mother used to keep a big rock in front of the door to close it. In those difficult times, my sense of humor helped me overcome the challenges.
According to Farah, she and her brother kept themselves safe from depression by joking.
Dark humor saved me from depression
About a month after Dad’s death, we started finding joy in dark humor. We started making fun of those fake people who had attended our father’s funeral.
Even at that time, the idea of finding a place to play cards was on his mind. Many times I feel that this dark humor kept us from going into depression.